Saturday, April 07, 2007

Death plane hit at twice usual speed

All aboard the death plane! Seriously, is there some sort of competition among sub-editors to see who can come up with the most sensational aviation headline?

The preliminary investigation indicates the aircraft landed , or "hit" if you prefer, at twice the usual landing speed, which once again leads them to conclude, erroneously, that "pilot error" was the cause of the crash.

I'll say this again, and probably a few hundred more times in the next forty years, "pilot error" was not the cause of the crash - whatever caused the pilots to make an error is probably the cause of the crash. An aircraft accident is a sequence of events, a chain, and pilot error is sometimes one link in that chain. Pilots can and do make errors, but not willingly, and not in isolation.

This report raises more questions than it answers.


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